This fabulous Georgian cut steel and paintings on porcelain bracelet dates to 1800-1820. We occasionally see small pendants or brooches or perhaps even earrings of this kind, but it is rare to see a larger piece, especially a bracelet. And this one comes in its original, fantastic box !
Cut steel jewellery gained popularity in Europe in mid 1700's. It propelled into a real boom once French King Louis XV requested the wealthier members of the French society to donate their jewels to facilitate funding of the Seven Years War. Large amounts of this type of jewellery were produced in England and then exported to France. As you can imagine, you could not possibly be seen wearing anything else ..... and the cut steel designs became very opulent, intricate and involved. Some truly wonderful jewellery was made using the humble steel, French ladies refused to be un-adorned !
Cut steel jewellery was made by shaping the base steel plates and drilling tiny holes in them. Small, fine studs were cut and polished into facets. The earlier the piece the finer the work and more facets would the studs have. They were then screwed or riveted into the tiny holes in the base of the piece. They would emulate the sparkle and glitter of diamonds, just imagine how fabulous this jewellery looked by the candlelight !
Our bracelet consists of nine sections of graduating cut steel ovals which are joined up by two larger cut steel studs in between. One of the sections forms a hidden clasp making the design beautifully seamless. They are set with hand painted porcelain plaques depicting ladies and gentlemen enjoying music, flowers and dance in the garden.... The paint colours are bright and vivid and all the plaques are in great antique condition. They are backed with mother of pearl., commonly done in the earlier pieces. The cut steel components are in lovely antique condition as is the whole bracelet. It has not been cleaned and is in original condition.
The bracelet measures 6.7 inches in length measured on the inside. It sits just 4 mm of the top of your wrist and is beautifully articulated. The largest, centre part measures 23.8 by 19.8mm and the smallest ones 18.6 by 14.7mm. It weighs 22.2 grams.
The original leather box is gorgeous and we adore its colours, they could form the most beautiful, refined, elegant period colour theme for your most favourite room ....a beautiful, deep Georgian green - worn and weathered leather on the outside, the finest silk velvet in olive and a silk lining in deep, antique cream. The silk lining is worn through in places but it is original, gorgeous and we think wistfully charming too.
We love .... this happy, opulent Georgian bracelet ... the gorgeous colours, the twinkle of the cut steel, the charm and idealized beauty of the pastoral, musical scene. In that box, which we adore !!
* Please kindly note that other jewellery in our photos is for your inspiration and not included in this listing *
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Spectacular Boxed Georgian Cut Steel Painting on Porcelain Bracelet
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